Harrisonburg City Council Tuesday night passed an ordinance offering a 100 percent exemption from local taxes for solar power installations, helping the city to join 13 other localities in Virginia that offer a 100 percent exemption for developers and homeowners to install solar power in their communities.

The ordinance, passed by a 4-1 vote, exempts commercial solar power equipment from the city’s machinery and tools tax while at the same time exempting residential solar power systems from real estate taxes. Both exemptions last for a term of 20 years from the installation of any solar equipment.

“Harrisonburg has indeed made a bold statement in support of solar power, helping to ensure that the leadership shown by the community in renewable energy can continue,” said Dr. Anthony Smith, CEO of Secure Futures LLC, which operates Virginia’s largest solar energy facility, located in Harrisonburg.

source: augustafreepress